Ancient 'Kiacatoo Man' reburial today

The reburial of 'Kiacatoo Man' remains that were exhumed last year for scientific analysis will be reburied today (Wed 16th May, 2012) at Condobolin, NSW by the local Original people.

It is believed that the Kiacatoo Man lived between 30,000 years and 70,000 years ago and the bones are so ancient the age is still being established by scientists. He was a huge man somewhere between six foot five and seven foot four.

Local Originals believe that the 'Kiacatoo Massacre' may have had something to do with people protecting the sacred site.

Report after remains were exhumed in 2011

Dominic Geiger Condolin Argus June 8, 2011

The ancient Aboriginal remains recently found near Kiacatoo in the Lachlan Shire have been exhumed and sent to the Australian National University (ANU) in Canberra for DNA analysis.

The bones, which were removed last Wednesday, will remain at the ANU for the next six months before being returned to the site for reburial.

Aboriginal representatives from Murrin Bridge, Lake Cargelligo and Condobolin conducted a smoking ceremony during the removal of the bones.

Archaeologist from the Office of Environment and Heritage in Dubbo, Phillip Purcell, said although it was impossible to speculate on the exact age of the bones, several factors surrounding their discovery meant they could be of incredible archaeological significance.

"Anything’s possible; the bones’ heavily mineralised state indicates they are at least over 8000 years old," he said.

"It is quite possible they will coincide with the Kow Swamp Murray River remains which range from 6000 to 16,000 years old.

"However the location of the burial next to the ancient former course of the Lachlan River (accompanied) with the dating of individual sand grains indicates the bones could be 25,000 to 30,000 years old."

Phillip said permission from the relevant Aboriginal groups around Lake Cargelligo and Condobolin had been acquired to perform tests on the bones.

"The permit we have been allocated [to do the tests] includes the provision that the remains must be returned in six months and reburied in exactly the same place," he said.

"A permanent fence will be constructed around the grave site and the site itself will be capped so it won’t erode and to protect it from stock."

Phillip said following the DNA analysis, hypotheses could be made in regards to Kiacatoo Man’s diet and whether he was related to Aboriginal people still living in the Lake Cargelligo and Condobolin areas.

"We know he was a massive man, about six foot five, as well as very heavy set," he said.

"There was also a kind of film of black soil under him, which may have been a bed made for him that has broken down over the years.

"From a community perspective, there has been a sense that the right thing has been done and it has gone very smoothly; there has been a deep sense of respect involved (in the project)."